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Moyes lauds Everton matchwinner Anichebe

Everton boss David Moyes praised match-winner Victor Anichebe, who put a four-month injury nightmare behind him to score the late winner in a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. The Scot said: "It was a serious injury. Victor has had no games. I've not even had him playing in reserve games. Then he had an ankle injury when he came back in training.

"He is someone we have missed because we can play him in several roles and he is someone who has got a lot of potential if we get the opportunity to unwrap it.

"He is a good all-round forward player, he can play wide, he can play through the middle and has a lot of real good attributes which are important in the Premier League.

"He has missed a lot of football. At times he lacks a bit of self-confidence but the goal today and the reaction of the supporters will help him."

Moyes admitted he would have been content with a point from a game of few chances.

He said: "The game overall was a draw. I didn't think there were many chances for either of the teams.

"We tried to make it difficult for West Brom like they make it difficult for teams.

"It was a bit of a stalemate at times. I don't think you'll buy the DVD of the game!

"But at the end of the day, this has been a hard place for us. We've not won here for a while and the victory gives us a chance to look forward.

"You need to grind out results and over the years at Everton we've needed to do that at times."

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